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Offering a summer home to 20 million Mexican free-tailed bats, the Bracken Cave in San Antonio holds one of the largest concentration of mammals on earth. The cave attracts thousands of tourists every year to observe the emergence of millions of bats as they spiral out of the cave for their nocturnal insect hunt. The cave is 100 foot-wide (30.48 metes) opening of the cave lies at the bottom of the sink-hole formed when the roof collapsed.The Bracken Cave and the surrounding Texas Hill Country is owned and protected by Bat Conservation International. They provide evening tours to watch the amazing spectacle of bats emerging from the cave.
Just a few minutes northeast of San Antonio lies a geological wonder that attracts tourists from around the globe. Natural Bridge Caverns, designated both a U.S. Natural Landmark as well as a Texas Historic Site, contains some of the most phenomenal cave formations in the country. Giant stalactites resembling enormous chandeliers and stalagmites that look like fried eggs are just a few of the more than 10,000 formations contained within this living cave. Special rates are available for groups of 25 or more.
Natural Bridge Wildlife Ranch offers a unique safari experience, minus the trip to Africa. It features a petting zoo and a nursery, but is highlighted by the drive-through sanctuary. Park guests can purchase animal food to take with them on their journey through the park. Camels, along with 65 other animal species from six continents, roam freely throughout the park. The less timid animals will approach visitors and, if allowed, will stick their heads inside the vehicles and eat whatever they can find. Visitors can also encounter the endangered addax antelope, in addition to zebras, llamas, ostriches, giraffes and lemurs, among many other animals.